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3.3.2013

 

The Herald

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Charities hit after demand delays funds
SCORES of children's charities fear they will have to cut services, axe staff or close their doors altogether after a new Scottish Government fund was nearly four times oversubscribed.

Fears richer pensioners face more welfare cuts
Iain Duncan Smith has failed to rule out future cuts to the benefits of well-off pensioners.

Tens of thousands urge IDS: live on £53 a week
TENS of thousands of people have signed a petition challenging Iain Duncan Smith to live on just £53 a week.

PM leadership battle 'likely'
David Cameron's leadership of the Conservative party could face a serious test as soon as this summer, experts have predicted.

Davidson is accused of lifting rival's party name
SCOTTISH Tory leader Ruth Davidson has been accused of lifting another of her defeated rival's ideas in a bid to transform her party.

King expected to repeat calls for further stimulus
Policymakers will meet to decide on whether to push the button on more economy-boosting measures this week.

Pressure on Met amid leak claims in 'plebgate'
Scotland Yard is under renewed pressure to allow an independent watchdog investigation of the Plebgate affair after Andrew Mitchell issued a formal complaint against it.

Rail electrification delay claims 'nonsense'
CLAIMS that electrification and other improvements to the Glasgow-Edinburgh rail link face a three-year delay have been dismissed by the Government.

Concern for NHS report changes
Scottish Labour has expressed concern about a key report into the NHS waiting-times scandal being diluted by chief executive Derek Feeley.

Sheridan resigns from post on anti-bedroom tax group over 'divisive leadership'
EXCLUSIVE: Tommy Sheridan has resigned his post on a new campaign group set up to oppose the bedroom tax after complaints were made about his suitability.

THe changes
"Key Messages" from the Audit Scotland draft report, plus the versions in the published report following Derek Feeley's specific complaints:

Labour 'civil war' over Joyce successor
LABOUR's bid to find a candidate to replace disgraced MP Eric Joyce has descended into "civil war" after the party was accused of a "blatant disregard" for democracy by its own members.

Immigration curbs 'utterly out of step with needs of Scotland'
DAVID Cameron's "obsession with immigration" could damage Scotland's universities by limiting the number of fee-paying students coming to the UK from overseas, the Holyrood Education Secretary has warned.

NHS chief got critical report rewritten
THE head of the Scottish health service put pressure on the country's independent watchdog to water down a report on problems with patient waiting times, the Sunday Herald can reveal.

Pension age rise risk to public
THE public may be put at risk by plans to raise the retirement age for firefighters by five years, an academic has warned.

 

Scotsman

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Bill Walker in court over 24 domestic abuse charges

A SCOTTISH politician has denied charges of assault in a hearing at a domestic abuse court in Edinburgh.



Compulsory microchips for all dogs in Scotland

ALL dogs in Scotland would be fitted with a microchip to crack down on irresponsible owners and reduce strays, under plans set out by Labour yesterday.



Fears of benefits vulnerale to fraud after shake-up

MPS raised fears yesterday that the government’s welfare shake-up will leave the benefits system more vulnerable to fraud.



100 Tories call for law on EU poll

More than 100 Tory MPs have signed a “strongly worded” letter calling on the Prime Minister to pass a law before 2015 paving the way for a European Union referendum.



David Steel: New type of union needed

ALL OF our recent institutions, including the Scottish and European parliaments, have just grown higgledy-piggledy along with other legislation dealing with the rights of our citizens, such as the European Convention on Human Rights and Freedom of Information.



Osborne defends welfare reform in face of attacks

GEORGE Osborne yesterday attacked critics of the UK government’s welfare reform claiming they were talking “ill-informed rubbish” as he defended his controversial policies.



Eddie Barnes: Vote with head and be wary of emotional spin in referendum

A QUICK test. 1: Whose ear did Labour use in 1992 to criticise John Major’s health policy?



Iain Gray: North Sea oil won?t smooth the way for Nats

PAUL Getty’s formula for success was, “rise early, work late, strike oil”.



Allan Massie: Break from Union unlikely to help the arts

ART is international. Who cares that Shakespeare was English, Beethoven German, Leonardo Italian? Art’s appeal, even when the artist’s work is rooted in nationality – Burns is a good Scottish example – recognises no national frontiers.



Brian Wilson: Basic dishonesty of ?bedroom tax?

I take comfort in the fact that the “bedroom tax” has one crucial feature in common with the poll tax. It is so grotesquely unreasonable as to be unsustainable – either in the court of public opinion or, quite possibly, a court of law.



The Scotsman cartoon - 03/04/13

The impact of the welfare reforms start to hit home



Independence: Scots pound would give more control

AN INDEPENDENT Scotland would have more control over its finances with a separate Scottish pound rather than retaining sterling in a currency union with the remainder of the UK, according to banking experts.



Iain Duncan Smith £53 a week petition near 300,000

A petition calling on Iain Duncan Smith to demonstrate he can live on £53 per week reached almost 300,000 signatures by early on Tuesday evening.



Operation begins to remove Afghanistan equipment

AMID the dust and din of Camp Bastion, the main operating base for the British Army in Helmand, senior officers will be crossing their fingers and quietly thinking, “third time lucky”.



Thousands protest against Trident plans

Thousands of anti-nuclear protesters yesterday staged a noisy demonstration at the headquarters of the UK’s Atomic Weapons Establishment.



Wingsland Blog

Wings Over Scotland
sentiment without action is the ruin of the soul

One thousand up
So we weren’t sure what to do about our 1000th post. We toyed with the idea of making it a throwaway two-liner just for fun. We thought about a grand mission statement, but, y’know, it’s pretty obvious what our mission is so there didn’t seem much point. We considered a sort of “Greatest Hits” thing, [...]

The sincerest form of flattery
When you involve yourself in politics, the surest sign that you’ve got your opponents rattled isn’t that they start to copy you. It’s when they start to smear you. Last night, an unholy alliance of prominent Labour and Tory activists (and some plain old-fashioned internet nutters) embarked on an extraordinary, co-ordinated and prolonged attack on [...]

Vote ?Yes? for global rape
We like to jest at some of the more hysterical and ridiculous scare stories put out by Unionists about independence, but sometimes the joke just isn’t funny any more. This week we listened to the “For A’That” podcast, which featured a range of bloggers including the pro-indy Andrew “Lallands Peat Worrier” Tickell and the rare [...]

Hate to say we told you so
On the rare occasions when we write something about football, and the Old Firm in particular, we always get a few angry comments from people complaining that it’s got nothing to do with politics and therefore has no business on an independence website. We trust this will put a stop to that argument once and [...]

Coming soon near you
We can’t claim credit for the idea. We just thought it needed doing a bit better.

A warning in the mail
We’ve covered the privatisation of the NHS, and how it will impact on the independent Scottish NHS, at length previously on this site. But for those of you who think the extent and pace of privatisation south of the border is being exaggerated, the British Medical Journal has helpfully posted an article explaining what’s going [...]

And finally? #29
We haven’t had one of these for a wee while, but what better way to welcome back a popular feature strand than with a particularly splendid Unionist Of The Day, found for us by an alert reader in today’s Scottish Sunday Express? The scary thing is, it’s barely any more mental than the article.

Damned if they do
After six years in kneejerk opposition, extending even so far as to abstain on or vote against budgets with their own amendments in them, Scottish Labour have apparently suddenly discovered the merits of mature, constructive consensus politics. This week has seen the party calling for unity in opposing the bedroom tax, and demanding that the [...]

Old habits die hard
It’s hardly a new phenomenon. But poor old Tom Harris just can’t stop fibbing: Ian Davidson, as we’ve already noted, was in fact absent from BOTH votes on the bedroom tax. (Tom Harris missed the February division for personal reasons, but 214 of Labour’s 258 MPs evidently didn’t consider it “meaningless”, turning up to vote [...]

Ian Davidson is a liar
If you click this link, you’ll see some footage of the Labour MP for Glasgow South West, Ian Davidson, at today’s protest against the bedroom tax. The unnamed person with the camera approaches him and confronts him with a direct question. There seems to be some doubt with regard to the veracity of the answer. [...]

BBC Scotland

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The latest stories from the Scotland politics section of the BBC News web site.

Postcode lottery over baby ashes
BBC Scotland finds evidence that whether parents receive their child's ashes after cremation depends almost entirely on where they live.

Train fares in Scotland set to fall
Changes to the ticket pricing structure on Scotland's train network will see some fares slashed by as much as 41%, the transport minister pledges.

Trafficking victims 'not criminals'
Human trafficking victims forced to work as sex slaves or in cannabis factories will no longer be prosecuted, Police Scotland promises.

Banking experts back Scottish pound
Two banking experts say an independent Scotland would have greater control over its finances with a separate Scottish pound.

NHS whistleblower hotline launched
A free, confidential phoneline is launched for NHS staff who want to raise any concerns about practices in NHS Scotland.

Local policing 'safe' under merger
Scotland's merger of its eight police forces into one will provide a more accountable local police service, the Scottish government claims.

Opponents of 'bedroom tax' protest
Thousands of people demonstrate against changes to the benefits system which they describe as a "bedroom tax".

VIDEO: Scottish Parliament
Labour MSP calls for emergency legislation to mitigate the "bedroom tax".

VIDEO: Trump row wind farm approved
The Scottish government approves an offshore wind farm development off Aberdeenshire in the face of strong opposition from US business tycoon Donald Trump.

VIDEO: New Scots police force 'set to go'
The head of Scotland's new single police force, Stephen House, says everything is in place for launch day on 1 April.

VIDEO: Salmond: 'We are here for you'
SNP leader Alex Salmond tells his party's spring conference that his government was on hand to support families juggling work and parenthood.

VIDEO: Sturgeon answers your questions
Deputy leader of the Scottish National Party Nicola Sturgeon answers questions from BBC Scotland news website readers on a whole range of issues.

What are your referendum questions?
Send in your questions to Scottish Chambers of Commerce head Liz Cameron

Leaping Bunny looks beyond cosmetic test ban
Cosmetic firms react to EU animal testing ban

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Newsnet Scotland

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Solway's deadly MoD legacy of depleted uranium may be illegal

  By Ken Ferguson

The main claim to fame of the ancient burgh of Kirkcudbright on the Solway coast is its links to a thriving artists colony in the last century which included notables such as Jessie M King and Charles Oppenheimer.

However, under the tranquil waves of the Solway, the British Army has left a more sinister legacy of some 30 tonnes of depleted uranium (DU), fired at the nearby Dundrennan tank testing ranges.



Four Nations and a Funeral: The Demise of the British Welfare State

By Gerry Hassan, The Scotsman, March 30th 2013

The British welfare state is meant to be one of the ties that bind us together; along with the NHS and the BBC representing our common strands of citizenship.

Each has been remarkably eroded in recent years but on Monday April 1st huge changes will occur in the first two ? the welfare state and NHS in England ? which will have massive consequences for hundreds of thousands of people up and down this country already hard pressed and vulnerable, and for the very idea of Britain itself.



Scottish Banks and UK Oil

By G.A.Ponsonby
 
Few could have failed to notice the ?row? over oil revenues in an independent Scotland.  The debate has pitched Unionists, the CPPR and the OBR against the Scottish government, academics and the industry.
 
Oil is running out according to Unionists who then apparently claim that there is so much that ?too wee? Scotland couldn?t handle it.  Yep, just like Qatar and Norway ? these wee countries making such a mess of the resource that their oil funds are creaking at the seams.



The No Campaign ?facts? are far from truthful says John Jappy

Just over one year ago, retired Civil Servant John Jappy wrote an article for Newsnet Scotland that turned out to be one of the most widely read articles the site has ever published. Over 52,000 people read ?Would an independent Scotland be financially sound?? [reproduced below] which exploded the myth that Scots were subsidised by the rest of the UK.  It reveled the extent to which successive UK Governments had misled Scots for decades over the true extent of the country?s wealth.



David Cameron?s Myopic and Destructive Vision

By Mark McNaught

The UK Tories have become even more deeply infected by the Europhobe disease.  Symptoms include proposing mean-spirited anti-immigrant legislation that does not get passed, which merely appeases UKIP supporters for about 5 minutes.

David Cameron announced in a March 25 speech that he would seek to deny the jobseekers allowance to EU nationals deemed insufficiently vigorous in looking for work.  This is part of the broader conservative assault on the illusory ?something for nothing? culture.



Blame schools for universities? lack of poor kids

By George Kerevan 
  
Michael Russell, the SNP education secretary, is a political bruiser in the old Denis Healey mould. By which I mean he is clever, creative and willing to take on vested interests and enjoy the political scrap. These days, Russell is also that indispensable requirement for any Cabinet ? a safe pair of hands.



Bad News: Mike Small comments on job cuts at the Scotsman and SoS

By Mike Small

Job losses at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday have been described by the Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop as "deeply disappointing" papering over Stewart Stevenson?s hastily retracted tweet this week.

But if Stevenson?s tweet was ridiculous ? it?s not after all the fault of journalists or workers if the management lacks imagination or if the industry is in freefall ? this doesn?t mask the fact that some of the Scotsman?s problems are the Scotsman?s fault.



Xavier Solano: 'In Scotland Yes will win'

 By Laura Ruiz i Trullols, translated from Catalan by Paul T Kavanagh  

First Minister Alex Salmond announced last week that on 18 September 2014 Scotland would hold its ballot on independence. Since then, Catalonia has opened a debate on whether  the Catalan referendum should be held before, after or simultaneously.  

Xavier Solano, former delegate of the government of Catalonia in the UK and adviser to the Scottish National Party (SNP) in the British parliament, believes that both nations should learn from each other's errors and successes in the process towards independence.



The reality behind Better Together's rose-tinted unionism

By John McAllion  

According to the most recent opinion poll on voting intentions, the SNP enjoy a comfortable eight point lead over Scottish Labour.

Meanwhile, the Scottish Tories and Scottish Lib Dems trail the Nationalist party by 30 and 36 points respectively.

It is no surprise therefore that Labour?s assumption of the leadership of the ?Better Together? campaign went unchallenged.



Euro, pound sterling, or Scottish pound?

By Gordon MacIntyre-Kemp

In the early exchanges on the referendum, the No Campaign made some noise by claiming that Scotland would be forced to adopt the euro and that the UK Government would refuse to let Scotland, as an independent country, use the pound (sterling) as its currency.  It remains one of the major questions I am asked when giving talks on the economics of independence but, the plain fact is that neither the EU, the UK Government, or the Bank of England has the ability to affect those outcomes.



Referendum 2014 (Scoop.it)

Referendum 2014 | Scoop.it
All the new curated posts for the topic: Referendum 2014

UK Government should consider monetary union with an independent Scotland

If an independent Scotland opted to keep the pound, the UK government would need to rethink its opposition to a currency union with Scotland, particularly the proposed role of the Bank of England acting as the central bank for Scotland and the rest of the UK.



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A Scottish Liberal: Is there a need for a UK Constitutional Convention?

The tantalising prospect of a new UK-wide constitutional convention has been advocated in recent weeks by the esteemed constitutional expert Professor Vernon Bogdanor.



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Banking experts back Scottish pound

Two banking experts say an independent Scotland would have greater control over its finances with a separate Scottish pound.

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Comparing English and Scottish public services

Scotland’s first auditor general compares the structure, productivity and quality of England’s and Scotland’s public services, urging the latter to embrace service reform
Peter A Bell's insight:
"Small-country government may prove to be better suited to the development of whole-system approaches to complex, intractable problems such as substance abuse, inequality and under-achievement. The policy-making process is inclusive, with well-developed and progressive public policies in many areas (ie health) and a commitment to preventative spending programmes."

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Salmond can capitalise on The Sun's abandonment

The Scottish Sun's decision to not support the Yes Campaign could be a blessing in disguise for Alex Salmond, writes NASH RIGGINS.


Peter A Bell's insight:
One would almost imagine this supposed decision by the Scottish Sun not to back a Yes vote was established fact rather than mere press rumour. Personally, I seriously doubt that any such decision has been taken. Why commit to any stance this far away from the referendum and with strong indications that the campaign is beginning to turn in favour of the independence campaign?If there are only two rules governing editorial policy at The Sun the first is, "Always back the winner!". The second is, "Never back the loser!". If the polls start to show any kind of swing behind a Yes vote, these rumours could very quickly start to look rather foolish.

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Referendum ?opens the door to hope? for Basques | The Times [PAYWALL]
Basque leader says Scottish independence referendum will help convince the Spanish Government to drop its position over similar referendums

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Dailly seems perfect bedfellow for the nasty party

MIKE DAILLY should stop trying to be something he is not - like pretending to side with the poor while campaigning with the Tories.

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Why won't the Cabinet Office release the 1997 devolution minutes?

On 14 January 2013, I wrote to the Freedom of Information Team at the Cabinet Office to request the release of the 1997 Cabinet meetings on devolution.



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The new poll tax? The bedroom tax, welfare reform and independence

Dr Nicola McEwen, ESRC Senior Scotland Fellow, reflects on the welfare turn in the independence debate. She raises doubts about the prospects that the bedroom tax can play as important a role as the poll tax in the campaign for greater Scottish self government.



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SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with...

Rupert Murdoch's interest in winning independence for Scotland has ended. News International's top selling title in Scotland, The Scottish Sun – whose support is widely regarded as crucial to the "Yes" campaign in the run-in to the September 2014 referendum – will not be backing independence.

 


Peter A Bell's insight:
Many people will be wondering what "alliance". This looks like yet another case of the unionist media being taken in by their own spin.

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Forever Tory: Sayle's fear for England if there's Yes vote

Peter A Bell's insight:
With all due respect to Mr Sayle, he really needs to check his facts. Scotland has little or no influence over the election of a UK Government.

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Salmond 'using US trip to drum up support for split'

Peter A Bell's insight:
More pathetic carping from the British parties. They hate it when Alex Salmond conducts himself like a national leader. Just as they hated it when the SNP established the first real Scottish Government since devolution.

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Anti-independence campaign accused of deliberately peddling false information

The pro-Union Better Together campaign has been left red-faced yet again after it emerged that leaflets boasting about the UK’s triple-A rating were still being distributed.



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Vote 'Yes' for global rape

We like to jest at some of the more hysterical and ridiculous scare stories put out by Unionists about independence, but sometimes the joke just isn't funny any more. This week we listened to the "...

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Scotland's chance for an equal society

Blair.jpgPeople who want a more socially just Scotland have to ask themselves which outcome in the independence referendum next year stands the better chance of producing that kind of society. Is a Yes vote or a No vote more likely to lead to a fairer and more caring country?



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Daily Record

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Train ticket costs to be reduced on some Scottish journeys to tackle 'anomalies'
TRANSPORT Minister Keith Brown revealed today that over 1500 "split ticketing" inconsistencies will end thanks to a £2.28 million grant from Transport Scotland.

100,000 sign petition urging Tory hatchet man Iain Duncan Smith to prove his ...
MULTI-millionaire Work and Pensions secretary Iain Duncan Smith has been challenged to put his money where his mouth is after claiming he could get by on £7 a day as he defended brutal benefits cuts.

Dailly seems perfect bedfellow for the nasty party
MIKE DAILLY should stop trying to be something he is not - like pretending to side with the poor while campaigning with the Tories.

IDS and Co are leaving a horrible impression..
AS we countdown to the independence referendum of September 18, 2014 - comedian Rory Bremner believes there should be more Scottish political satire on the telly.

Tories buckling under pressure after Iain Duncan Smith says he could live off...
THOUSANDS of people have signed a petition calling for Iain Duncan Smith to try surviving off just £53 a week.

Scots hit by bedroom tax will struggle to move to smaller homes warns Citizen...
FROM today Scots who are on benefits and have spare bedrooms in their homes will face their benefits being cut but they could also struggle to downsize their homes.

David Miliband quits Sunderland board in protest over appointment of Paolo Di...
MILIBAND resigned as as vice-chairman and non-executive director due to the Italian?s past ?political statements? - in 2005 after giving a straight-arm salute to Lazio fans he said: ?I am a fascist, not a racist.?

Paedophiles and rapists will dodge bedroom tax while hard-hit families face h...
SEX offenders who live in large houses will not have their housing benefit cut because they can't let a room out to a lodger and are almost impossible to rehouse.

Police Scotland: How will the new single force work?
IMPORTANT questions about the work and organisation of Scotland's new single police force answered.

Rich have the last laugh as poorest suffer
IT is believed 105,000 households across Scotland will lose an average of £600 a year as the Coalition's 'bedroom tax' comes into play.

Bedroom tax protester Iris Henderson claims that move has made Cameron unelec...
THE 59-year-old mum who was born with dwarfism, faces losing the cash unless she moves out of her specially adapted house.

Sunday Mail Opinion: How do you sleep at night Prime Minister?
DAVID CAMERON picks on the weak and the poor in a desperate bid to divert attention as the Government's wheels spin in the mud of recession.

Andy Murray: Let economics not emotion decide the independence vote
TENNIS ace remains undecided about the vote but insists that the right decision will be what is best economically for Scotland.

Thousands of protestors demonstrate in Glasgow over Coalition Government's 'B...
AROUND 3000 protestors marched on George Square, while up to 1000 people assembled outside the Scottish Parliament in Edinburgh.

Iain Duncan Smith admits welfare reforms such as hated Bedroom Tax will not c...
THE Work and Pensions Secretary said in an interview that people on benefits would continue to see increases, and that his Government was not cutting welfare.

Guardian - Scottish Politics

Politics: Scottish politics | guardian.co.uk
Articles published by guardian.co.uk Politics about: Scottish politics

Scotland's new unified police force replaces eight regional constabularies

Police Scotland's new chief constable, Stephen House, believes force will be model for 'inevitable' union in England and Wales

For nearly 40 years, the farming and fishing counties of Dumfries and G...



The Scottish referendum is about popular sovereignty, not identity | Elliot B...

In his call for a constitutional convention, Vernon Bogdanor does not grasp what is at stake in Scotland's independence debate

In his article on the implications of Scottish devolution, Vernon Bogda...



Scotland and the UK: state of the union | Editorial

The rest of Britain must not ignore devolution until the Scots make up their minds ? the consequences affect us all

The Scottish independence referendum in September 2014 doubtless still feels a rem...



Devolution needs a UK-wide strategy to avoid English resentment, say MPs

Piecemeal devolution to Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland risks leaving union fragmented, MPs' committee warns

A cross-party committee of MPs has warned ministers that resentment amongst English ...



Scottish Tories reverse anti-devolution stance with call for greater powers

Scottish Conservative leader, who opposed more devolution in 2011, sets out proposals as alternative to independence

David Cameron has cleared the way for the Scottish Tories to propose even greater...



The one-state solution to England's role in a devolved UK | Vernon Bogdanor

The constitutional issues facing the United Kingdom can only be resolved with a genuine attempt to codify Britishness

Next year, on 18 September, the Scots will decide whether they want to remain Br...



Scotland: Labour really needs to get its act together | Kevin McKenna

Johann Lamont says her party's on pause till next year. Not a great idea, but sadly typical

The day that has been chosen for immortality is 18 September 2014. The least it could do, by way of gratit...



Scottish independence poll finds deep divisions over whether to retain sterling

Poll finds most Scots want to use pound and remain in UK, while Alex Salmond's own SNP split over his policy of keeping sterling

Alex Salmond's policy of keeping sterling as the currency for an inde...



Scottish independence referendum date announced by Salmond - video

Scotland's independence referendum will be held on 18 September 2014, first minister Alex Salmond says




In praise of ? dates in the diary | Editorial

The confirmation of a date for Scotland's independence vote increases confidence that it will happen and broadens debate

Gridlocked as American democracy is, the certainty that a new Congress will b...



Alex Salmond announces Scottish independence referendum date

First minister says 18 September 2014 will be seen as 'the day Scotland took a decisive step forward'

Alex Salmond has announced that Scotland's independence referendum will be held on 18 September ...



Alex Salmond aims to convert Scottish sporting pride into referendum victory

The clock is ticking for the pro-independence movement, who will hope for a boost from Glasgow's Commonwealth Games

We have known since Alex Salmond's landslide Scottish election victory in May 2011...



Why Scottish independence matters beyond its borders | Margaret Curran

The decision about Scotland's future will, rightly, begin and end in Scotland, but the impact is one that will be felt across the UK

Like the curtain being drawn back on the Vatican balcony last wee...



Alex Salmond poised to accept UK-wide regulator for Scottish media

Move follows rejection of proposals from Salmond's own expert panel for a mandatory system of statutory control

Alex Salmond is poised to accept a UK-wide voluntary regulator for Scottish newspapers...



'Home rule' for Shetland? You're on your own, Tavish Scott | Malachy Tallack

The Lib Dem MSP's call for more autonomy for the Northern Isles is outlandish but a debate about decentralisation is needed

Viewers of the recent BBC crime drama Shetland may have been surprised to ...



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Bella?s Easter Break
The growing alternative media of citizen journalism is blossoming and is growing to shape the debate around self-determination: what it means and what it can become. But it needs a [...]

Fuzzy Friday ? Our Top 5 for Easter
Five things to do this weekend … our Friday culture guide. It’s been baltic. Time to warm toes on the fire of new music. 1. First up, the Burd recommends [...]

Out of Sight Out of Mind
This is the story of every known drone strike and victim in Pakistan … Filed under: Commentary Tagged: Drones, Pakistan

Not a New Media but
By Mike Small What are we to make of the collapsing media structures and models? I am arguing for some new systems and maybe it’s time to set out how [...]

Paris Match
By Callum McCormick It?s been another sobering four days for Scottish football fans ? the kind of sobering experience, ironically enough, likely to drive vast swathes of the nation to [...]

The Revenge of History
By Jamie Maxwell Paraphrasing Diderot, the late polemicist Christopher Hitchens once warned that he would ?go on keeping score? about the refusal of some countries to participate in the invasion [...]

The Forsyth Saga
Lord Michael Forsyth in the Scottish Daily Mail on @RuthDavidsonMSP speech today: “Alex Salmond must feel that Christmas has come early.” By Peter Curran (who blogs at Moridura) Ruth Davidson [...]

Bad News
By Mike Small Job losses at The Scotsman and Scotland on Sunday has been described by the Scottish Culture Secretary Fiona Hyslop as ?deeply disappointing? papering over Stewart Stevenson’s hastily...

Learned Helplessness
By Kate Higgins Today, I am taking part in a panel discussion at the 4th Scottish Poverty Assembly about ?social justice and the referendum? #povertyassembly.  Every time I say yes [...]

For A? That 19 ? Wholly Rude In Holyrood
For the 19th episode of the For A? That podcast Andrew and I were joined by Stewart Lochhead of the 3 Men In A Blog This week there was a lot going on down Holyrood [...]

Scotland and Independence

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Scottish independence: Banking experts say 'go for Scottish pound' - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: Banking experts say 'go for Scottish pound'
BBC News
The Scottish government insisted it would keep sterling in a formal currency union, assuming independence. Earlier ...


Scottish independence: over a barrel - Public Finance

Spectator.co.uk (blog)

Scottish independence: over a barrel
Public Finance
Both sides in the battle over Scottish independence are using North Sea oil to boost their case. But how important is this? T...


English Left should see Scottish independence as an opportunity - Herald Scot...

English Left should see Scottish independence as an opportunity
Herald Scotland
In only eight of the 30 years did those governments have to depend on Scottish Labour MPs. Of course, support for the T...


Murray calls on Scots to use their heads in independence vote - Left Foot For...

Scotland on Sunday

Murray calls on Scots to use their heads in independence vote
Left Foot Forward
Britain's number one tennis player, Andy Murray has waded into the world of politics, by urging fello...


A Vote on Scottish Independence - New York Times

Scotsman

A Vote on Scottish Independence
New York Times
Scottish voters will decide on Sept. 18, 2014, whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation. After ...


Scottish independence: more information or more questions? - BBC News

BBC News

Scottish independence: more information or more questions?
BBC News
What does that tell Scottish voters about the chances of more devolved powers post-referendum? And third, The Scotsman's ow...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum
Scotsman
Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum. Andy Murray. Picture: Getty. By STEPHEN McGINTY. Published on Sunday 31 March...


Scottish independence: SNP's radical tax plan - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: SNP's radical tax plan
Scotsman
Mirrlees, who sits on the SNP Government's Fiscal Commission, is now overseeing work by the Scottish Government to set out their own tax...


Opinion Report: Scottish Independence - New York Times (blog)

Opinion Report: Scottish Independence
New York Times (blog)
Scottish voters will decide on Sept. 18, 2014, whether Scotland should remain part of the United Kingdom or become an independent nation. A...


Scotland: Independence Referendum Date Set - Sky News

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Scotland: Independence Referendum Date Set
Sky News
First Minister Alex Salmond has named the day for the historic ballot in Scotland to decide whether it should become independent. Mr Salmon...


SNP

SNP - Google News
Google News

Iain Gray: North Sea oil won't smooth the way for Nats - Scotsman

Scotsman

Iain Gray: North Sea oil won't smooth the way for Nats
Scotsman
In recent weeks the SNP has taken this to heart, arguing that an independent Scotland would prosper on the back of North Sea Oi...


Ag-Biotech Offers Male Sterility Locus Marker Services for Breeding Onions - ...

Ag-Biotech Offers Male Sterility Locus Marker Services for Breeding Onions
Virtual-Strategy Magazine (press release)
The availability of the single-nucleotide polymorphism (SNP) based test is expecte...


SNP candidates selected to fight European Elections - Brechin Advertiser

SNP candidates selected to fight European Elections
Brechin Advertiser
SNP PRESIDENT Ian Hudghton MEP and Stephen Gethins, a former special adviser to the First Minister on European Affairs, have bee...


SNP welcomes autism-friendly cinema screenings - SNP (press release)

SNP welcomes autism-friendly cinema screenings
SNP (press release)
SNP MSP Mark McDonald has welcomed an announcement by Vue cinemas they plan to introduce autism-friendly screenings in all of their ...


Autoinflammatory gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to UK juvenile ... - 7...

Autoinflammatory gene polymorphisms and susceptibility to UK juvenile ...
7thSpace Interactive (press release)
Methods: For MVK, TNFRSF1A and NLRP1 pair-wise tagging SNPs across each gene were select...


Scottish independence: over a barrel - Public Finance

Scottish independence: over a barrel
Public Finance
The Better Together campaign has been celebrating what it sees as the collapse of the economic case for independence, courtesy of none other than S...


New fare structure means fairer deal on railways - SNP (press release)

New fare structure means fairer deal on railways
SNP (press release)
The introduction of a new pricing structure on Scotland's railways will save passengers up to 41% on rail fares, and make it easie...


How Scottish trade unions are shifting in favour of independence - New Statesman

How Scottish trade unions are shifting in favour of independence
New Statesman
Scottish Labour leader Johann Lamont's speech last September questioning the sustainability of universal benefits in Sco...


SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with...

The Independent

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with ...
The Independent
Rupert Murdoch's interest in winning independence for Scotland has ended. News Interna...


China Petroleum and Chemical Rating Lowered to Market Perform at Sanford C .....

China Petroleum and Chemical Rating Lowered to Market Perform at Sanford C ...
Mideast Time
SNP has been the subject of a number of other recent research reports. Analysts at Nomura downgraded shares...


Referendum 2014 (Google News)

scotland referendum -guardian -telegraph - Google News
Google News

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with...

The Independent

SNP leader Alex Salmond faces referendum rethink as sun sets on alliance with ...
The Independent
News International's top selling title in Scotland, The Scottish Sun ? whose support i...


Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum - Scotsman

Scotsman

Scottish independence: Andy Murray talks referendum
Scotsman
I don't think you should judge the thing on emotion, but on what is best economically for Scotland. You don't want to come to a sn...


Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond - B...

BBC News

Scottish independence: Referendum date set to be revealed by Alex Salmond
BBC News
First Minister Alex Salmond is expected to make public the date of Scotland's referendum on independence. Th...


Video: Alex Salmond reveals Scotland's independence vote date - Sky News

Mirror.co.uk

Video: Alex Salmond reveals Scotland's independence vote date
Sky News
The Scottish National Party leader declared it would be an "historic day when the people will decide Scotland's futu...


The Referendum Q & A: David Wilkie - Herald Scotland

Herald Scotland

The Referendum Q & A: David Wilkie
Herald Scotland
This is the latest in our series where eminent Scots explain their attitudes to Scottish independence and how they would choose to vo...


No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum - BBC News

BBC News

No corporation tax decision until after Scottish referendum
BBC News
Prime Minister David Cameron has said there will be no decision on devolving corporation tax until after the Scottish inde...


Scotland's independence poll will be closely watched in NI - BBC News

BBC News

Scotland's independence poll will be closely watched in NI
BBC News
The countdown to Scotland's referendum on independence has begun, and politicians in Northern Ireland will be watching part...


Referendum poll boost shows narrowest gap so far - SNP (press release)

Scotsman

Referendum poll boost shows narrowest gap so far
SNP (press release)
The Panelbase poll for the Sunday Times and Real Radio has shown a dramatic narrowing in the polls for the referendum on a...


Shetland Islands to Host Convention on Scotland's Independence Referendum - I...

IBTimes.co.uk

Shetland Islands to Host Convention on Scotland's Independence Referendum
IBTimes.co.uk
"The referendum will create opportunities and challenges for all Scotland's island communities, no...


Put your referendum questions to business leader Liz Cameron - BBC News

Put your referendum questions to business leader Liz Cameron
BBC News
The chief executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, Liz Cameron, is taking to the hot seat to answer your referendum questions....


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Round The World On A Bike

A fellow member of the TA will not be attending any matches for the foreseeable future, as he has decided to go on a small cycle ride.

 

Any one that fancies joining him for any stage of the journe...



Flure Joke Time

Not sure if this one's been told before.....

 

 

Q. How do you turn a duck into a soul singer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A. Stick it in a microwave until it's bill withers.

 

 

 

 

 

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Never Let It Be Said The Daily Mail Will Exploit Tragedy To Press People's Bu...



Super Scrounger Escapes Bedroom Tax And Gets More Cash

Nice to see we are all in this together



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Tax System Vs. A Round Of Drinks

Stolen from Facebook...n ot saying I agree with the sentiment - just thought it was an 'interesting' take on the tax system. Don't think Tommy Sheridan would agree with the economics! 

 

Suppose th...



First Week In May

I'm starting a new job in just over a month, but I'm being forced to take my outstanding leave at my current job rather than take the money and run.

 

So I need something to do.

 

It's a good time ...



Fire In Fort William
Anyone near here

Chess World Championship

Despite losing in his final game to Peter Svidler Magnus Carlsen wins the candidates tournament and will face Vishy Anand in October to decide the Chess world Championship.

Magnus Carlsen is curren...



Ian Duncan Smith

So this milliionare thinks he could live on £53 a week.

 

 

 

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/politics/9964767/Iain-Duncan-Smith-I-could-live-on-53-per-week.html

 

 

 

 

you can sign the petition h...



Political Betting - Scotland section

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The web's premier resource for political betting.

The Scottish Sun to ?remain neutral? in next years referendum
According to the Indy the Scottish Sun will remain neutral in next year’s #IndyRef.goo.gl/SiAfA twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) April 2, 2013 A blow for Alex Salmond? Acc...

If Scotland rejects independence it will be because Scottish women are not co...
Latest Scottish referendum poll for S Times has huge gender divide. YES 7% ahead with men but 27% behind with women. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) March 24, 2013 The Se...

The Scottish Leadership ratings change, year on year and the future.
    Leader Net Rating Jan 12 Net Rating Feb 13 Change Alex Salmond Plus 22 Plus 7 Minus 15 Ruth Davidson Minus 12 Minus 4 Plus 8 Johann Lamont Minus 6 Plus 8 Plus 14 Willie Rennie Minus 12 Minus 7 ...

The latest Ipsos-Mori polling on Scottish Independence
The Nationalists Strike Back Ipsos-Mori have polled for the Times on Scottish Independence, the changes are from their last poll in October. The poll, which asked the same question as the one now c...

Has Rangers Football Club just made Alex Salmonds job harder?
BBC news What would pulling out do to the independence debate? Identity is one of the most potent forces in politics; the sense of who we are individually and collectively. That?s why the unusually...

Scotland?s most accurate pollster suggests that Alex Salmond?s magic might be...
Ipsos-MORI blows for Alex Salmond/SNP/YES in the week the referendum deal was signed. twitter.com/MSmithsonPB/st? — Mike Smithson (@MSmithsonPB) October 18, 2012 In the week that the referendum dea...

A Marf Cartoon and a guest slot from James Kelly on polling and the Scottish ...
Have the polls “consistently” shown that Scots are opposed to independence? Something that I know has privately frustrated the SNP in recent weeks and months is their perception that the media, esp...

The SNP loses the battle for a multi-question referendum
BBC News But 16 and 17 year olds will be able to vote The BBC is reporting that a broad agreement has been reached between Westminster and Edinburgh on the Scottish independence referendum which is...

Will Westminster stage the Independence referendum before Alex does?
The Sunday Times are running a story that, if Alex Salmond doesn’t agree to a single question referendum, then Westminster will organise the referendum for next year, and not devolve the necessary ...

How will the Scottish independence referendum affect the next general election
James Kelly looks at the various scenarios. One thing is for sure ? Scotland will be returning MPs to Westminster at the next general election, whenever it is held.  On the SNP?s proposed timetable...

How will the Olympics affect the Independence debate?
Does a successful Team GB underline ?we?re stronger together?? PB reported earlier this week on a Comres poll which reported an upsurge in support for the Olympics now they?re underway (and taken b...

YouGov Scotland poll
There’s a new YouGov poll out on Scottish matters. On the independence front, 30% are in favour on independence. This represents a decline of 1% since March and a decline of 3% since January. 54% a...

And after the big disappointment at Wimbledon?
Marf gives her take If you would like to purchase one of Marf?s prints or originals, please contact her here. Recent Threads

MORI: SLAB closing the gap on the SNP in Scotland
Ipsos-MORI There’s a new Ipsos-MORI poll of voting intentions for the Scottish parliament and these show the same trends that we saw in the Scottish local elections on May 3rd. Scottish Labour movi...

Can the SNP and Greens work together in the pro-independence campaign?
James Kelly on the pro-independence campaign If there is to be a Yes vote in the Scottish independence referendum, a prerequisite is surely that the Yes campaign itself is as broadly-based as possi...

Scot Goes pop

SCOT goes POP!
A pro-independence blog by James Kelly - voted one of the UK's top 100 political blogs.

More befuddlement on Scotland from the London media - it's the Independent's ...
In 2011, the Scottish Sun came out in support of the SNP, but made clear that they remained firmly opposed to independence. They were probably hoping (and expecting) that the SNP would win, but no...

Tavish didn't "save our p'lice" - but did he save Rennie's skin?
This seems almost uncannily topical on the day that the merger of Scotland's police forces finally takes effect, but a YouGov survey of leading political strategists and advertising executives has ...

YouGov poll : Scots reject No campaign's wish for key powers to remain at Wes...
YouGov have released the details of an SNP-commissioned poll that primarily inquired into where people think that key decision-making powers should lie.

Which government do you think should be res...

Panelbase shows yet another swing in favour of independence - plus a huge SNP...
I seem to be saying this quite a lot recently, but the latest poll on independence voting intentions shows a swing to the Yes campaign. Better still, it also marks the No side's lowest lead in any...

Spot the howlers (it's not hard)
I took issue with a Guardian piece a few hours ago, but that one looks positively well-informed compared to this frankly laughable effort by Alex Stevenson in politics.co.uk. I appreciate that the...

More terminological inexactitude from the Guardian
This is an excellent example of how the London media persistently misrepresent the state of play shown by polls on independence, while maintaining a veneer of plausibility -

"But opposition leader...

It's a date
So there it is. We'll either remember Thursday, 18th September 2014 as one of the best days of our lives, or...we'll spend a wee while trying to forget it ever happened. Let's make sure it's the ...

Even the Daily Mail has noticed that Scotland is fundamentally different
Apologies if this has already been widely mentioned elsewhere, but courtesy of the PB poster Tim I've just spotted the hilarious contrast between the front pages of today's Scottish and English edi...

Further evidence that Scotland is more pro-European than the rest of the UK
The supplementary questions in today's YouGov poll add to the substantial body of evidence that Scotland is more enthusiastic about membership of the European Union than the rest of the UK...

Do y...

From ultra-unionist to separatist - the Tavish Scott story
Willie Rennie has established himself as such a political colossus of late that, by all accounts, primary school children routinely ask their teachers if non-Willies are even allowed to become lead...

Canavan would be your choice for Falkirk
Thanks for all your votes in yesterday's poll - by an overwhelming margin you feel that Dennis Canavan, rather than an SNP candidate, should fly the flag for independence in any Falkirk by-election...

Poll : Who should carry the independence banner in a Falkirk by-election?
Without wanting to get into any legally sensitive matters, it seems there is a renewed chance (albeit probably still an outside one) that there will be another Falkirk by-election over the coming m...

Yet another poll shows a swing in favour of independence
Cornish sex memoirist, "Thatcherite outlaw" and all-round Brit Nat extraordinaire Sean Thomas (aka "international thriller writer Tom Knox") gleefully brandished the latest TNS-BMRB poll on indepen...

The Falklands referendum was a massive missed opportunity, but the result mus...
It's something of a red-letter day when I find myself agreeing with any part of a ranting by Mr Nile Gardiner, director of the 'Margaret Thatcher Center for Freedom' (yuck), so I thought I ought to...

Ashcroft poll : SNP hold clear lead in Lib Dem-held seats
The latest Ashcroft vanity-fest megapoll is out, and perhaps of most interest to us are the figures for Lib Dem-held seats in Scotland, and for Labour v SNP battleground seats.  Hold onto your hats...

 

     

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